2021 Postseason

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Recap[edit]

After the special format adopted for the 2020 Postseason, the 2021 Postseason marked a return to normal, with the three winners of a division title in each league being joined by two wild card teams who faced off in a Wild Card Game before the start of the Division Series, followed by the League Championship Series and the World Series. There were no neutral site games either, and spectators were present at all venues. That said, it was well understood that this might well be the final season using this particular format, as the issue of postseason expansion would be on the table during negotiations to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the World Series.

Series Summaries[edit]

American League[edit]

ALWC: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox[edit]

Main article: 2021 ALWC
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 New York Yankees 2 Boston Red Sox 6 October 5 Gerrit Cole (0-1) Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) 8:08 pm

ALDS: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Main article: 2021 ALDS1
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Boston Red Sox 0 Tampa Bay Rays 5 October 7 Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1) Shane McClanahan (1-0) 8:05 pm
2 Boston Red Sox 14 Tampa Bay Rays 6 October 8 Chris Sale (0-0) Shane Baz (0-0) 7:05 pm
3 Tampa Bay Rays 4 Boston Red Sox 6 October 10 Drew Rasmussen (0-0) Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) 4:05 pm
4 Tampa Bay Rays 5 Boston Red Sox 6 October 11 Collin McHugh (0-1) Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1) 7:07 pm

ALDS: Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Main article: 2021 ALDS2
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Chicago White Sox 1 Houston Astros 6 October 7 Lance Lynn (0-1) Lance McCullers (1-0) 4:05 pm
2 Chicago White Sox 4 Houston Astros 9 October 8 Lucas Giolito (0-0) Framber Valdez (0-0) 2:05 pm
3 Houston Astros 6 Chicago White Sox 12 October 10 Luis García (0-0) Dylan Cease (0-0) 8:05 pm
4 Houston Astros 10 Chicago White Sox 1 October 12 Lance McCullers (1-0) Carlos Rodon (0-1) 2:05 pm

ALCS Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Main article: 2021 ALCS
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Boston Red Sox 4 Houston Astros 5 October 15 Chris Sale (0-0) Framber Valdez (0-0) 8:05 pm
2 Boston Red Sox 9 Houston Astros 5 October 16 Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) Luis García (0-1) 4:20 pm
3 Houston Astros 3 Boston Red Sox 12 October 18 Jose Urquidy (0-0) Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0) 8:08 pm
4 Houston Astros 9 Boston Red Sox 2 October 19 Zack Greinke (0-0) Nick Pivetta (0-0) 8:08 pm
5 Houston Astros 9 Boston Red Sox 1 October 20 Framber Valdez (1-0) Chris Sale (0-1) 5:08 pm
6 Boston Red Sox 0 Houston Astros 5 October 22 Nathan Eovaldi (1-2) Luis García (1-1) 8:08 pm

National League[edit]

NLWC: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Main article: 2021 NLWC
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 October 6 Adam Wainwright (0-0) Max Scherzer (0-0) 8:10 pm

NLDS: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants[edit]

Main article: 2021 NLDS1
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 San Francisco Giants 4 October 8 Walker Buehler (0-1) Logan Webb (1-0) 9:35 pm
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 San Francisco Giants 2 October 9 Julio Urias (1-0) Kevin Gausman (0-1) 9:05 pm
3 San Francisco Giants 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 October 11 Alex Wood (0-0) Max Scherzer (0-0) 9:35 pm
4 San Francisco Giants 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 7 October 12 Anthony DeSclafani (0-1) Walker Buehler (0-1) 9:07 pm
5 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 San Francisco Giants 1 October 14 Corey Knebel (0-0) Logan Webb (1-0) 9:05 pm

NLDS: Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Main article: 2021 NLDS2
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Atlanta Braves 1 Milwaukee Brewers 2 October 8 Charlie Morton (0-1) Corbin Burnes (0-0) 4:35 pm
2 Atlanta Braves 3 Milwaukee Brewers 0 October 9 Max Fried (1-0) Brandon Woodruff (0-1) 5:05 pm
3 Milwaukee Brewers 0 Atlanta Braves 3 October 11 Freddy Peralta (0-0) Ian Anderson (1-0) 1:07 pm
4 Milwaukee Brewers 4 Atlanta Braves 5 October 12 Charlie Morton (0-1) Eric Lauer (0-0) 5:07 pm

NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves[edit]

Main article: 2021 NLCS
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Atlanta Braves 3 October 16 Corey Knebel (0-0) Max Fried (0-0) 8:05 pm
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Atlanta Braves 4 October 17 Max Scherzer (0-0) Ian Anderson (0-0) 7:38 pm
3 Atlanta Braves 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 6 October 19 Charlie Morton (0-0) Walker Buehler (0-0) 5:08 pm
4 Atlanta Braves 9 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 October 20 Jesse Chavez (0-0) Julio Urias (0-1) 8:08 pm
5 Atlanta Braves 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 11 October 21 Max Fried (0-1) Joe Kelly (0-0) 8:08 pm
6 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Atlanta Braves 4 October 23 Walker Buehler (0-1) Ian Anderson (0-0) 8:08 pm

World Series: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Main article: 2021 WS
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Atlanta Braves 6 Houston Astros 2 October 26 Charlie Morton (0-0) Framber Valdez (0-1) 8:05 pm
2 Atlanta Braves Houston Astros October 27 Max Fried (0-0) Jose Urquidy (0-0) 8:05 pm
3 Houston Astros Atlanta Braves October 29 Luis Garcia (0-0) Ian Anderson (0-0) 8:05 pm
4 Houston Astros Atlanta Braves October 30 8:05 pm

NL Team Stats[edit]

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Giants 107-55 Gabe Kapler .249 241 804 3.24 1.148 594
Dodgers 106-56 Dave Roberts .244 237 830 3.01 1.097 561
Brewers 95-67 Craig Counsell .233 194 738 3.50 1.179 623
Cardinals 90-72 Mike Shildt .244 198 706 3.98 1.300 672
Braves 88-73 Brian Snitker .244 239 790 3.88 1.242 656

AL Team Stats[edit]

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Rays 100-62 Kevin Cash .242 222 857 3.67 1.168 651
Astros 95-67 Dusty Baker .267 221 863 3.76 1.230 658
White Sox 93-69 Tony LaRussa .256 190 796 3.73 1.204 636
Red Sox 92-70 Alex Cora .261 219 829 4.26 1.378 749
Yankees 92-70 Aaron Boone .237 222 711 3.74 1.209 669

Further Reading[edit]

  • "1 reason every team can win it all", mlb.com, October 4, 2021. [1]
  • "Playoff bracket's set! It's Yanks-Sox in AL WC: Giants clinch NL West title with 107th win; LA to host NL Wild Card Game", mlb.com, October 3, 2021. [2]
  • "The picks are in: Pundits predict the playoffs", mlb.com, October 4, 2021. [3]
  • Jim Callis et al.: "Here's how the 10 playoff teams were built", mlb.com, October 4, 2021. [mlb.com/news/how-the-2021-playoff-teams-were-built]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Ranking all 10 postseason pitching staffs", mlb.com, October 3, 2021. [4]
  • Sarah Langs: "1 defining stat for each playoff team", mlb.com, October 5, 2021. [5]

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NL Wild Card Game Dodgers over Cardinals (1-0)

NL Division Series Dodgers (WC) over Giants (NLW) (3-2)

NL Division Series Braves (NLE) over Brewers (NLC) (3-1)

NL Championship Series Braves (NLE) over Dodgers (WC) (4-2)

World Series Astros (AL) and Braves (NL) (0-0)

AL Championship Series Astros (ALW) over Red Sox (WC) (4-2)

AL Division Series Red Sox (WC) over Rays (ALE) (3-1)

AL Division Series Astros (ALW) over White Sox (ALC) (3-1)

AL Wild Card Game Red Sox over Yankees (1-0)